How was the Treaty of Versailles different from all the previous treaties?

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The Treaty of Versailles was different from previous peace treaties. One way it was different was that it created an organization to keep the peace. As a result, the League of Nations was established. This organization was designed to allow countries to bring their disputes to the League of Nations for a peaceful resolution of the issue or issues. If a peaceful resolution couldn’t be reached, the League of Nations could require its member nations to support actions to help a member country of the League of Nations if needed.

Another difference was that this treaty was negotiated only by the victorious nations. None of the Central Powers were at the negotiating table as the terms were being discussed. Only the leaders of the “Big Four” were present at the negotiating table. These leaders were from the United States, Great Britain, France, and Italy.

This leads us to another difference with the Versailles Treaty. There was such anger at the treaty. Germany, in particular, believed it had been misled. Germany was expecting a treaty that wouldn’t have been so harsh. This helped motivate Germany to get revenge less than 25 years after World War I had ended. Thus, the Versailles Treaty was one of the causes of a future war, in this case, World War II.

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